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The Meeting (Deluxe Edition)

by Oleg Kireyev & Keith Javors

Joined by All-stars Tom Harrell, Ben Williams, and E.J. Strickland, the post-Cold War jazz duo continues to break down borders.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. April
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2. Inwardly
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3. Estate
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4. The Meeting
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5. Caravan
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6. Body and Soul
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7. Fresh Blues
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8. April (Alt. Take) (Deluxe Version)
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6:37 album only
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9. Fresh Blues (Alt. Take) (Deluxe Version)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
* In the Midst of Political Turmoil, Oleg Kireyev & Keith Javors Showcase Exciting Partnership *

" A hard-bop foray for the quintet, full of intriguing detail, pulsing with life."
-Howard Mandel, President, Jazz Journalists Association

At a time of great political and social uncertainty, the dynamic post-cold war partnership of the Russian Federation's Oleg Kireyev (saxophone) and America's Keith Javors (piano) continues to inspire jazz audiences around the globe. Following up on their critically-acclaimed debut record Rhyme and Reason, the co-leaders welcomed jazz trumpet luminary Tom Harrell and the heralded bass/drums combination of Ben Williams (Pat Metheny) and E.J. Strickland (Ravi Coltrane) to the studio for their dynamic upcoming release, entitled The Meeting, available on May 31, 2016. (ITunes and Google Play preorder begins May 3.) The new record bridges the influences of two continents, featuring new original compositions by Kireyev and Javors and interspersed with standard material. The deluxe physical-only version of the album includes two additional alternate tracks and liner notes by Howard Mandel.

The two leaders’ musical relationship has been deep in spirit from the onset. In 2007, a chance internet meeting led Kireyev to Javors’ music and, in turn, Javors to Kireyev’s. Javors would soon fly to Moscow to perform with Kireyev at the Union of Composer’s Club, where Kireyev is Artistic Director. The gesture was soon returned by a U.S. debut performance together at the legendary Blues Alley in Washington D.C. Oleg and Keith quickly formed a symbiotic partnership that has now inspired numerous American and European tours. In addition to performances at numerous premiere clubs such as Smalls, the Iridium, Chris’ Jazz Café, and more, they also headlined the jazz festival in the historic Russian city of Yaroslavl as well as at the International House of Music, one of the premiere concert venues in Russia.

Their flourishing partnership was first sonically documented in the April 13, 2010 release of Rhyme & Reason, featuring Oleg Kireyev & Keith Javors along with bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer E.J. Strickland. The record received much critical acclaim from major music writers and charted on the JazzWeek World charts for several consecutive weeks. This, The Meeting, the tandem’s new sophomore effort, follows up on the earlier album’s success with a set that is as equally captivating and creative, with model support from Harrell, Williams, and Strickland.

Oleg Kireyev is an internationally-recognized musician, touring frequently and playing to appreciative audiences in Europe and the U.S. Undertaking many innovative and provocative international jazz projects in a recording/performing career spanning three decades, The Express and Star, says Kireyev is “a Russian sax player with a reputation for hard swing and high excitement”. “Incredibly good”, “Soft and enthusiastic” and “Stylish and top-notch” are all phrases music critics have written about the voice of his saxophone. He has performed at the London Jazz Festival, the New York Jazz Improv Festival, and the Montreux Jazz Festival, to name a few. Legendary musician Bud Shank says: "Oleg's playing is a marvelous combination of styles, incorporating a whole lot of players. I hear echoes of the 1920’s and John Coltrane combined with unstructured jazz."

Keith Javors is an iconoclastic figure in today’s international music scene, in demand both as a producer and artist as well as an award-winning educator. Known for his “technical virtuosity, a riveting compositional style, and constant creativity” (AllAboutJazz), Javors is a true musicians’ musician, possessive of extraordinary musicianship and a riveting ballad style. A fully dedicated live performer, Keith has the rare gift of sounding like he is playing for each individual listener alone. His performance credits are numerous, including a long list of records and appearances at venues such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and many more. As Bill Milkowski writes in Jazz Times, “Javors distinguishes himself as a bandleader intent on collective envelope-pushing.”

Inarhyme Records was founded in 2009 by Keith Javors as a global indie label and 360-degree production agency featuring some of today’s greatest creative voices in music across genres, from jazz to world to pop. With a top-tier production staff impassioned by music’s power to reach across cultural and societal divides, the label’s mission is to produce creative projects that reach the everyday listener in a way that is artistic yet accessible.

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